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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 18, April 30, 2006, Article 5

ROCHESTER CLUB'S 1913 NICKEL DISPLAY

Bill Coe of Rochester, NY forwarded the text of an item he wrote
for the August 5, 2003, Vol. 52, No. 31 issue of Numismatic News:

"I found the following information from an article in the program
of the 1965 Empire State Numismatic Association 30th Semi-Annual
Convention held in Rochester, NY, and hosted by the RNA, on May
14 – 16, 1965.

“The J. V. McDermott specimen was on display throughout this
convention. But the more incredulous fact is that, in 1920, Samuel
W. Brown of North Tonawanda, NY, attended a regular meeting of the
Rochester Numismatic Association held in the old Rochester Museum
in Edgerton Park and there laid out five (yes, all five) of these
rare coins to the amazement of the RNA members! Subsequently, he
showed the specimens to the 1920 ANA conventioneers.”

The article indicates that all five coins were struck in proof,
although, at least some, have been mishandled since. The article
goes on to reveal some of the facts leading up to the existence
of these famous nickels. Unfortunately, I was not among those
who enjoyed seeing these fabulous legends in American numismatics."

"Unless additional references surface, I will claim for the
Rochester Numismatic Association that it has the distinction of
being one of the, perhaps only, local coin clubs to have had all
five of the 1913 Liberty Head nickels displayed at one of its
regular meetings."

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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